Best Metronomes in the UK

Review & Comparison, Last Update September 9, 2020
Metronomes produce as many beats as necessary to let you achieve consistent pitch and unwavering tone. The best metronomes can be used to practice and tune various instruments. ...Read more ...Read less
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PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
Type
Features
Tempo Range
Interfaces
Power Source
Extras
Dimensions
Warranty
 
PROS

The metronome can combine different beats' time signatures, including triplets with the third beat omitted, quadruplets with middle beats omitted, and quadruplets with the third and fourth beats omitted. Aside from the standard audible indication, the screen will display a visual indication as well. 

CONS

The volume dial can be a little temperamental. 

OUR VERDICT

The Korg MA2-BKRD Digital Metronome is the most accurate metronome within this selection, fitting professional musicians as well as inexperienced newbies. When setting the tempo, the model lets you choose between pendulum step, full step, and tap tempo.

detailed parameters
Type

Digital

Features

Metronome, Tone Generator

Tempo Range

30 - 252 BPM

Interfaces

Headphones out (3.5 mm) 

Power Source

2 x "AAA" batteries 

Extras

LCD screen, built-in stand

Dimensions

100 x 60 x 16 mm 

Warranty

1 year 

PROS

The integrated battery measures 120 mAh capacity-wise, so you won't be recharging it on an especially frequent basis. Plus, the device automatically shuts off when it's been sitting idle for a few minutes. The 360-degree construction will let you choose any viewing angle you want.  

CONS

The clip feels a tad fragile.

OUR VERDICT

The Donner DT-4 has a broad tempo range and, offering eight different rhythms as well as accents, the metronome will work with most string and wind instruments, including acoustic and electric guitars, violins, mandolins, ukuleles, banjos, and more.

detailed parameters
Type

Digital

Features

Metronome, Tuner, Tone Generator

Tempo Range

30 - 280 BPM

Interfaces

No inputs/outputs 

Power Source

Built-in rechargeable battery (USB charging cable included)

Extras

LCD screen (360° rotational), pick-up clip 

Dimensions

96 x 58 x 26 mm (with clip) 

Warranty

Amazon's 30-day return policy

PROS

The model is able to specify tempos ranging from 30 to 260 beats per minute (in one-step increments), letting you improve timing exercising various musical styles. The LCD screen comes equipped with two backlighting settings. The speaker's quite loud. 

CONS

The built-in mic's sensitivity is passable at best.

OUR VERDICT

The WEGROWER WM-100 is adaptable enough to make the unit attractive to most musicians. You can use the tuner and metronome facilities at the same time or independently. The device will allow for pitch and rhythm training.

detailed parameters
Type

Digital

Features

Metronome, Tuner, Tone Generator

Tempo Range

30 - 260 BPM

Interfaces

Audio-input jack (6.3 mm), Headphones out (3.5 mm) 

Power Source

2 x "AAA" batteries

Extras

LCD screen, built-in stand, clip-on pick-up attachment

Dimensions

~115 x 70 x 15 mm 

Warranty

Amazon's 30-day return policy

PROS

Using the built-in clip, this device can be attached to belts, whilst the lanyard hole allows you to hang it around a neck. The second option should prove more comfortable when you use the metronome with headphones.

CONS

There's a specific beeping sound that some may find annoying. 

OUR VERDICT

The JHT Multi-Functional Digital Metronome measures less than 56 x 31 x 13 millimetres, making this model the most compact device within this lineup. Whilst you might presume otherwise (judging from the size), this metronome has a wide tempo range and even a tap function.

detailed parameters
Type

Digital

Features

Metronome

Tempo Range

30 - 280 BPM 

Interfaces

Headphones out (3.5 mm) 

Power Source

1 x "CR2032" battery

Extras

LCD screen, belt clip, lanyard hole

Dimensions

55.8 x 31 x 12.9 mm 

Warranty

Amazon's 30-day return policy

PROS

You can rotate the screen 360 degrees and tilt the metronome 135 degrees. The buttons on the left will let you switch between mode and items, notes and rhythms, and shut the device off. The button on the left will allow you to adjust the parameters.

CONS

The model chews up batteries mercilessly.  

OUR VERDICT

Despite being as affordable as it is, this metronome from LEKATO is almost as accurate and versatile as more expensive and more sizable models. Between its six tuning modes, this device covers chromatic instruments, bass guitars, ukuleles, banjos, violins, the list goes on. 

detailed parameters
Type

Digital

Features

Metronome, Tuner, Tone Generator

Tempo Range

30 - 250 BPM

Interfaces

No inputs/outputs

Power Source

1 x "CR2032" battery

Extras

LCD screen (360° rotational), pick-up clip

Dimensions

84 x 40 x 44 mm (with clip) 

Warranty

Amazon's 30-day return policy 

Korg MA2-BKRD

Visual Indication to go with an Audio One

Whilst the previous instalment was already quite brilliant, the Korg MA2-BKRD Digital Metronome is a huge improvement across the board. The display is 30% less compact, improving visibility and making the screen more readable from a distance. With the digital needle moving between left and right, the screen offers the beat's visual indication to go with an audible indication, with the triangular icon displaying the beat's position as well as the timing at which its measure changes. Its robust and easily audible sound will not be buried by loud instruments and high frequencies.

When it comes to rhythm training (setting the tempo), the metronome lets you chose between pendulum step, specifying a numeric value like mechanical models, full step specifying the tempo with one-step increments, or tap tempo that enables you to specify the tempo by pushing a button, matching the song that you are playing. Besides that, the model lets you combine time signatures between 0 and 9 beats with 8 rhythm types, supporting different musical practices.

The volume dial can be a little temperamental, making small adjustments a little difficult. Setting this minor issue aside, the Korg MA2-BKRD Digital Metronome will make sure you improve as a musician even if you don't feel like it.

Review of Korg MA2-BKRD Digital Metronome

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Donner DT-4

±1% Accuracy

The Donner DT-4 can work with acoustic guitars, electric guitars, and countless string and wind instruments like banjo, ukulele, violin, mandolin, and more. With its backlit display, the model makes the values readable even in low-light conditions. Then, this device presents its 360-degree construction and an adjustable clamp. Between the two, you can easily find the best viewing angle and position the metronome with optimal comfort. The clip feels a little fragile though, so we would not recommend excessive fiddling. What we can recommend is trusting the clip's sensitivity. With its help, you can tune with ±1% accuracy, which is nothing to scoff at when we're talking about budget metronomes.

Considering the sizable LCD screen, you'd expect the device to be terrible at energy consumption yet the opposite is the case here. First, the model comes with an integrated rechargeable battery, so you can use any USB-enabled device as a power source. Second, the low-power mode and the automatic shut-off feature will preserve the battery and let you use this device without recharging for 2-3 days straight.

The short version is, with its broad tempo range (30 - 280 BPM) and 8 different rhythms and accents, the Donner DT-4 will adapt to almost countless musical instruments and styles.

Review of Donner DT-4 Digital Tuner Metronome Tone Generator

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WEGROWER 4354708765

Adapt the Tune

The WEGROWER WM-100 is as adaptable as mid-range metronomes come. You can use the metronome and tuner capabilities simultaneously and separately too. In other words, this single unit will enable pitch and rhythm training.

Its pickup line and pitch range from 410 to 450Hz, incrementing by 1Hz. That means you'll be able to tune basically any instrument that makes audible sounds. The device will let you specify any tempo between 30 and 260 beats per minute with one-step increments, improving timing regarding multiple musical styles.

The LCD screen is large and easily readable. Plus, you can choose between two backlighting brightness settings, so you'll be able to figure out the values even in low-light places. You can adjust the metronome's volume and make the device as loud as you want. The built-in speaker is able to get surprisingly loud.

Apart from that, the device measures ~11.5 x 1.5 x 7.5 centimetres, neither too compact nor too bulky. You can use the built-in stand and clip-on pickup attachment to position the device just about wherever and however you want.

In short, most musicians will be able to benefit from the WEGROWER WM-100. Sometimes, the device will fail to pick up low and high notes but that's always the case with tuners within this price range.

Review of WEGROWER 4354708765 Tuner Metronome

 

JHT jhtmetro001 Multi-functional

The Smallest Guest

The JHT Multi-Functional Digital Metronome is tiny. Measuring just 55.8 x 31 x 12.9 millimetres, it is even more compact than most digital metronomes that are already small to begin with. Despite its size, the model works with the same instruments that most metronomes work with, including pianos, violins, different guitars, drums, and more. While the LCD screen is not necessarily enormous, the font is quite large, so the values are more readable than you would expect. The integrated clip will let you attach the unit onto a belt, moving an already small device from the way. Likewise, the lanyard hole will let you hang the metronome on a neck, which will prove especially comfortable with headphones (the model comes equipped with a standard 3.5-mm headphones output).

Its tempo range was a nice surprise, covering the standard 30 - 280 BPM range. A less nice surprise was the beeping sound that the device produces. Whilst most metronomes produce something similar as an audible indication, the model's 'beep' is a little more annoying than usual. Nevertheless, taking into accounts its broad tempo range, accuracy, and size, the JHT Multi-Functional Digital Metronome is the best option for people who need/want something they can comfortably use on the go.

Review of JHT jhtmetro001 Multi-functional Digital Metronome

 

LEKATO Multifunction

More Screen Real Estate

This model from LEKATO has the best display that we've seen on budget metronomes, so that's where we'll start. First, the screen is huge (relative to the model's compact size). Stretching 3.7 x 2.3 centimetres, the screen makes its countless values more than readable, with the backlighting making these values visible even with practically nonexistent ambient light. Also, the same screen boasts wide viewing angles (~178 degrees).

The buttons to the screen's left and right let you adjust the parameters, choose the mode/item, note/rhythm, and turn the device on/off. Aside from these controls, the model also includes memory backup and automatic shut-off functions, conserving the battery's life, which's great since this device already burns through CR2032 batteries without mercy. On the construction front, the clamp lets you rotate the metronome 360 degrees and tilt 135 degrees. Made from high-quality rubber, this clamp protects the instrument from scratches yet ensures that the device does not fall off.

Bottom line, this LEKATO metronome is the best gift you can buy for your beloved instrument. With its help, the instrument should sound better than ever before, all without you worrying about scratching its surface.

Review of LEKATO Multifunction Metronome Tuner Tone Generator

 

What Is a Metronome?

Metronomes are sometimes annoying but always necessary. Without these devices, you probably won't be able to improve as a musician. They let you keep the pitch consistent and the tone unwavering and stable.

Dubbed metronomes, most devices on this list are also tuners and tone generators, we're not reviewing dial metronomes here.

As you would imagine, these modern, electronic devices cost more than standalone metronomes but they're also able to do much more for you than just blast beats. That being said, producing somewhere between 30 and 250 beats, the devices on this list will let you tune and practice most instruments. You can usually calibrate the pitch and choose between different presets for instruments like guitar, bass guitar, violin, ukulele, etc. Drummers need these metronomes too though. Also, they're necessary for piano practice.

The devices within this lineup are digital, so you should also pay attention to the screen and the settings. Apart from that, size and housing are important too. You'll be carrying the device from gigs to practices, so the metronome you're going to purchase shouldn't be too heavy or large. The screen, on the other hand, should be pretty large though, large enough to make the values readable.

Though these devices are usually tuners too, the guitar tuners on this list will likely prove more accurate and comfortable for guitarists. Distortion pedals, on the other hand, will make your gigs much more enticing.

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Publish Date: 2020-09-09 08:32:26